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07-S1876 on Jul 25, 2007

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: applying habeas corpus to Guantanamo detainees
Source: National Security with Justice Act (S.01876)
Sponsor's introductory remarks: Sen. Biden: Our counterterrorism authorities should not only thwart attacks; these authorities should also strengthen international coalitions, draw Muslim populations around the world closer to us, and deprive terrorists of a recruitment narrative. In our long term effort to stem the tide of international terrorism, our commitments to the rule of law and to individual rights and civil liberties are among our most formidable weapons. They are what unite foreign governments behind us in effective counterterrorism coalitions.

This bill maintains rendition as a robust and agile tool in our fight against international terrorism, but it brings that tool within the rule of law, and prohibits rendering individuals to countries that will torture or mistreat them or to secret, extra-territorial prisons.

This bill also closes a hole intentionally left open by the President's recent Executive Order on the treatment of detainees. The President's order is notably silent on some of the more controversial techniques the CIA has allegedly used in the past, such as waterboarding, extreme sleep deprivation, extreme sensory deprivation, and extremes of heat and cold.

Congressional Summary: Prohibitsa US agent from:

  1. engaging in the extraterritorial detention of any individual; or
  2. rendering (transferring to another legal jurisdiction) of any individual.
Provides for uniform standards for the interrogation; monitoring and reporting regarding the treatment, conditions of confinement, and status of legal proceedings of individuals rendered to foreign governments.
    Extends statutory habeas corpus to persons detained by the United States who have been:
  1. determined to have been properly detained as an enemy combatant; or
  2. detained for more than 90 days without such a determination.

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 14. Question 14: Maintain US sovereignty from UN Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Homeland Security
  • Headline: Apply habeas corpus to Guantanamo detainees (Score: -2)
  • Headline 2: Apply habeas corpus to Guantanamo detainees (Score: -2)

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Democrats participating in 07-S1876

Tom Carper s2oDE Democratic Sr Senator 
Robert Menendez s2oNew Jersey Democrat 

Republicans participating in 07-S1876

Independents participating in 07-S1876

Joe Biden s1iDE Vice President 

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 2
Republicans: 0
Independents: 1

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